About School

  • joansKingsford Community School was officially opened in September 2000.
    Kingsford is a thriving comprehensive school with a strong reputation for providing the highest quality educational opportunities in an inclusive student environment. We have a local and national reputation for our innovative teaching, international links and teaching of Mandarin. In 2007, the School became the first Confucius Classroom for London and the South-East. Whilst we uphold traditional values, academic achievement and standards of behaviour, we are an innovative school responding to the changing needs of our students and the demands of higher education and employers.

    We are extremely proud of our Specialist Language College and Confucius Classroom status and being a leading edge partnership school. We aim to be at the forefront of developments in teaching and learning. Our Specialist status will allow us to continue to expand our language curriculum and our links with the local and international community.

    We expect all our students to contribute to the wider life of the school and community and students are valued for their individuality and the enormous creative potential they have. I am proud to lead a team of highly professional and dedicated staff who support the development of all students both academically and socially.

    I hope this website provides you with an in-depth view of Kingsford; there is more in our prospectus that can be viewed here and you are always welcome to visit us. The school's Ofsted report can also be viewed here. In the meantime, you can keep up to date with all the school's latest news in the press section of this website.

    Joan Deslandes

    Head Teacher

    Ethos and Values
    Kingsford Community School has been a centre of educational excellence for many years now. Located in the heart of Beckton, East London, our school provides an inspiring and effective learning environment for around 1500 young people between the ages of 11-16. We have a strong reputation as innovators in the educational field and we strive to provide the highest quality opportunities in an inclusive student environment. Whilst we uphold traditional values of academic achievement and standards of behaviour, we constantly respond to the changing needs of our students and the demands of higher education and employers.

    A Place for Excellence
    Kingsford Community School is committed to enabling students to realise their potential through the provision of exciting opportunities which help them to develop their talent and realise their potential. At Kingsford, we celebrate and reward both effort and achievement as the most effective way to motivate students towards success.

    A Place for Achievement and Progress
    Propelling our students towards great achievement is at the heart of Kingsford’s ethos. All staff work towards setting achievable targets for pupils and regularly reviewing them, in order for each individual to observe and learn from his/her tangible progress and move forwards to even greater accomplishments.

    A Place for Language Learning
    Kingsford Community School is committed to promoting language teaching and learning, an ambition that has been recognised and extended by the school’s Specialist Language College and Confucius Classroom status. We believe that our Specialist Language status and our international links programme add a positive dimension to all curriculum areas and help raise students’ aspirations, preparing them better for working and living in an increasingly global economy. One of the unique features of Kingsford Community School is that all students study Mandarin at Key Stage 3. There are fast track language groups, where students are entered early for GCSE examinations. The school has been accredited for the second time with the International School Award, a reflection of the school’s continued commitment to and excellence in supporting Languages and adding an international dimension to learning across the whole school curriculum.

    A Place for Equality
    Equality is at the core of everything we do at Kingsford. We believe that everyone at Kingsford is of equal value and entitled to equal opportunities. We have well established systems for monitoring equality. All Learning Areas have their own policies closely linked to the school policy. This ensures that curriculum planning supports our equal opportunities and inclusion strategies. The programmes we offer help to create an ethos where success is recognised but where trying to succeed is recognised also.

    A Place for Partnership
    There is clear evidence that students are more successful if parents and carers are actively involved in their education. We keep parents fully informed of their child’s progress through our Profile System, regular Parents’ Evenings and Student Academic Counselling Days. In the same way, we have developed positive links with primary schools and other secondary schools in both England and abroad. Kingsford’s unique link with independent school Brighton College, the country’s leading co-educational school, has been praised by many (including the Prime Minister) as a model of partnership between the private and maintained educational sectors.

    A Place outside the Classroom
    It is a dominant aspect of the school’s philosophy and ethos to provide a full range of additional opportunities. Kingsford has a strong and valued tradition for providing a huge range of extra-curricular activities, particularly Sport, Drama, Music and Information Technology. Central to the school-based activities is the Learning resource Centre, where students can access numerous resources to support their learning, including a variety of e-learning opportunities such as the world renowned Rosetta Stone online language learning tool, which students can also access at home.
  • Year 7 Progress Leader
    Machel Hewitt

    Year 8 Progress Leader
    Annmarie Davis

    Year 9 Progress Leader
    Laurence Darcy

    Year 10 Progress Leader
    Michelle McIntosh

    Year 11 Progress Leader
    Andrea Bruff

  • Joan Deslandes, Head Teacher

    Fred Ashford-Okai, Assistant Head – Community Cohesion

    Scott Brooks, Assistant Head – Behaviour, Safety and Good Manners

    Sen Galagedera, Assistant Head – Marking and Feedback

    Rachel Heseltine, Assistant Head – Curriculum and Literacy

    Joanne Mackreth - Aylett, Assistant Head – Teaching and Learning

    Charlene Ponteen, Assistant Head – Progress, Attainment and Guidance

    Grant Smith, Assistant Head - Inclusion

    Beverley Burrell-Joseph, Director of Learning – Student Engagement and Partnership with Parents

    Elaine Fleming, Director of Finance, Premises and Personnel

    Machel Hewitt, Director of Learning – Safeguarding

    Judy Sung, Director of Learning – Teaching Excellence (On Maternity Leave)

    Christine Szekely, Director of Learning (On secondment from Brighton College - Tuesdays only)

    Michelle McIntosh, Associate School Leader for Progress


    Dear Parents and Carers, At Kingsford Community School we aim to provide a high quality education for each one of our students, within an environment that promotes learning and enjoyment, and develops responsible adults able to maximise their opportunities in whatever walk of life they choose after leaving school. The Governing Body is responsible, with the Head Teacher and Leadership Team, for setting the educational direction for the school and the targets to be achieved over time, and then monitoring progress towards those objectives and targets. In September 2013 OFSTED rated Kingsford as ‘outstanding’ in achievement behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management. Kingsford has the highest expectations of its students in behaviour, discipline and hard work. Students are offered an education which is innovative, effective and enjoyable, built around a focus on a well-rounded and international education – as emphasised by the school’s status as a Confucius Classroom and International School Award accredited school. Our aim is to prepare them to succeed in their chosen careers, and as citizens of the society in which they will live and work. As Governors we expect Kingsford to be at the heart of the community in Beckton, and that its resources and facilities are shared by as many people as possible. We look forward with you to a bright future at Kingsford Community School.
    Dr William Bolton
    Chair of Governors 

    The Role of Governor

    Within England, there are over 300,000 School Governors, who form the largest volunteer force in the country.
    The members of a Governing Body work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:
    Discuss and set the aims and objectives for the school. Set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives. Set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives. Monitor and evaluate the progress that the school is making towards its set aims and objectives. Finally the role of role of the School Governor is to be a source of challenge and support to the Head Teacher as a 'critical friend.'

    The Governing Body of Kingsford Community School

    The Academy Governing Body includes representation from staff and parents, as well as our Sponsor Governors.
    The Chair of the Governing Body at Kingsford Community School is Dr William Bolton, who can be contacted c/o the Kingsford. The Clerk to the Governing Body is Mr Andrew Barr who can be contacted on 020 7476 4700 or abarr@kingsford.newham.sch.uk.

    Kingsford Community School Governing Body
    Date of Report: Friday, 11 December 2015

    Name & Positions Governor Type Term of Office
    Dr William Bolton Chair of Governors Co-Opted Governor 26.03.17
    Mr Richard Cairns Associate Governor 26.03.17
    Cllr Ayesha Chowdhury Vice-Chair Authority Governor 17.08.18
    Mr Joel Cohen Co-Opted Governor 23.10.18
    Ms Joan Deslandes Head Teacher Member
    Ms Elaine Fleming Staff Governor 22.10.18
    Ms Judith Jackson-Forte Co-Opted Governor 20.11.17
    Mr Graham Lane Co-Opted Governor 26.03.17
    Dr Doug Munro Co-Opted Governor 08.06.19
    Ms Titilola Olaloku Co-Opted Governor 31.03.19
    Mr John Rolfe Co-Opted Governor 20.11.17
    Ms Elizabeth Weeks Co-Opted Governor 16.07.18

    Parent Governor

    The two spaces on the Governing Body allocated to Parent Governors are currently vacant. If you are interested in seeking election to this post please contact the Governing Body administrator. Governing Body Committees There are two sub-committees of the Kingsford Community School Governing Body. These are as follows: Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee This committee is responsible for scrutinising the school’s budget, expenditure, Human Resources and dealing with the PFI Company from whom the school leases its premises. Members: Dr William Bolton Committee Chair Mr Graham Lane Ms Elaine Fleming Curriculum Committee This committee is responsible for scrutinising the school’s curriculum arrangements and levels of attainment across all years. Members: Cllr Ayesha Chowdhury Committee Chair Ms Joan Deslandes Head Teacher Ms Judith Jackson-Forte

    All governors except from associate governors have the right to vote